General Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House was effectively the end of the Civil War. Within 2 months all hostilities had ceased and the war was over.

Lee's Army of 30,000 was cut-off from its supplies and surrounded by Grant's Army of 60,000. A surrender was offered and Grant accepted on generous terms. Lee's Soldiers were paroled and sent home. Their weapons were confiscated, they were fed and allowed to take their horses. Their parole papers provided them with safe passage and use of federal facilities to return to their families. Generous terms.

Had Lee's Army escaped, the Civil War could have been much longer. General Johnson had a Confederate Army of 90,000 in the Carolinas. But... Lee could not escape.

President Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy wanted to continue a guerrilla war. Lee prevented this. He feared chaos and bandits throughout the country. Lee and his men left their guns and went home. The Civil War was over.

Alison and I feel we have now concluded our study of the Civil War. We've visited 7 major battle fields: Fort Sumter, Manassas, Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Appomattox. I expect we'll visit sites in future trips, however we believe we understand the events of the Civil War. The importance of the Civil War cannot be overstated in American History.

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